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Meetings with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples during the eleventh session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Print
20 March 2012

unpfiiFrom 14 May to 18 May 2012, Special Rapporteur James Anaya will hold individual meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations during the eleventh session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held in New York. Representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations may request a meeting with him concerning matters falling within his mandate, including allegations of human rights violations.

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Official visit to the United States from 23 April to 4 May 2012 Print

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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Professor James Anaya, will carry out an official visit to the United States of America from 23 April to 4 May 2012.

The aim of the Special Rapporteur's visit to the United States is to examine the human rights situation of the indigenous peoples of the country, that is, American Indians/Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. During the visit, the Special Rapporteur will hold meetings and consultations with federal and state government officials, as well as with indigenous nations and their representatives, in various locations.

 
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to hold Consultation at Sinte Gleska University, Sicangu Lakota Oyate/Rosebud Sioux Tribal Nation Print
13 March 2012

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
to hold Consultation at Sinte Gleska University,
Sicangu Lakota Oyate/Rosebud Sioux Tribal Nation,
South Dakota, May 1st – 2nd, 2012

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Professor James Anaya, will hold a consultation with Indigenous Peoples at Sinte Gleska University, Sicangu Lakota Oyate/Rosebud Sioux Tribal Nation, May 1st and 2nd, 2012, as part of his first official visit to the United States. Traditional Treaty Councils, Tribal Governments representatives, Tribal Colleges and concerned Indigenous Peoples of all Nations are invited to attend this historic consultation, which is co-sponsored by Sinte Gleska University and the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC).

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Indigenous peoples’ right to set their own priorities for development requires greater attention Print
10 March 2012

2012-03-06-brazil-unsr-seminarIn a series of presentations in Lima, Peru and Brasilia, Brazil, Special Rapporteur James Anaya stressed the need for greater measures to ensure that indigenous peoples are able to set their own priorities for development. Professor Anaya referred in particular to procedures to consult with indigenous peoples about legislative and administrative decisions affecting them, especially regarding proposed extractive industry activities. Such procedures, he stressed, should involve genuine dialogue in which indigenous peoples’ own development priorities are at the forefront. Read more


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UNRS US Visit. Meeting with Civil Society. Washington DC, April 23, 2012 Print
08 March 2012

Join UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya for a discussion onthe ways in which the standards of the UN Declaration are currently reflected in United States law and policy, both domestically and abroad. What are the needed reforms or areas that need further attention in light of the Declaration?

Location: Navajo Nation Washington Office
750 First St. NE, Suite 1010
Washington, DC 20002

Date & Time: April 23rd, 4:30-6:30 pm

 
Indigenous peoples should be genuine partners in development Print
09 February 2012

2012-02-09-kirkenesKirkenes, Norway 9 February 2012. In a keynote speech delivered in Kirkenes, Norway, Professor Anaya underlined the key developments that have taken place in recent decades aimed at safeguarding the rights of indigenous peoples, while calling for a new model of development in which indigenous peoples have the opportunity to be genuine partners, especially in the context of natural resource extraction taking place in or near their traditional territories.

The Special Rapporteur's speech was delivered at a conference on "Indigenous peoples, corporations, and the environment," which was organized by the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples of the Barents Euro-Arctic Regional BEAR). The Working Group, a consultative body affiliated with the intergovernmental Berents Euro-Artic Council, is composed of representatives of the Nenet, Sami, and Veps peoples living in Barents region which spans across far northern parts of Finland, Norway, and the Russian Federation.

Read more about the conference and the Working Group here 

 
Special Rapporteur calls for dialogue in climate of increasing social tension in Panama Print
07 February 2012

oacnudhIn a press release issued on 7 February 2012, the Special Rapporteur urged the Government of Panama and indigenous peoples to initiate a dialogue due to the situation of tension and violence following indigenous protests. In recent days, Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous representatives have blocked different points of the Inter-American highway in protest of proposed mining and hydroelectric activities on their territories. During these protests, there have been clashes with the police resulting in injuries, detentions and the death of one indigenous protester. Moreover, representatives of the Emberá and Wounaan and other indigenous peoples have made a public call denouncing the lack of legalization of their lands and stating they will begin demonstrations in solidarity with the Ngäbe-Buglé peoples. 

The Special Rapporteur also urged the Government of Panama to take steps to ensure the safety and integrity of people participating in the protests, and to investigate and clarify the circumstances of the death of an indigenous protester and sanction those responsible.

Read the Press Release (In Spanish)

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Holistic approach is needed to combat violence against indigenous women Print
23 January 2012

indigenous-women(New York - 18-20 January, 2012) The Special Rapporteur discussed measures for combating violence against indigenous women and girls at the UN Permanent Forum-sponsored "International expert group meeting on combating violence against indigenous women and girls: Article 22 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples" held in New York. The Special Rapporteur opened the three-day expert meeting with a presentation that emphasized a holistic approach to protecting and respecting human rights of indigenous women and girls in effectively combating violence against indigenous women. Such violence "cannot be addressed in isolation from the range of rights recognized for indigenous peoples in general," he stressed.

See: Information on the conference
Read the Special Rapporteur's full statement 

 
Special Rapporteur participates in brainstorming session in preparation for World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 Print
17 January 2012

map-denmarkThe brainstorming session, which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 13 and 14 January 2012, was sponsored by the Government of Greenland, the Sami Parliament in Norway, and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs. It provided an opportunity to discuss issues related to the participation of indigenous peoples in the World Conference as well as the substantive issues to be discussed during this high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly to take place in 2014.

In his opening remarks at the session, the Special Rapporteur emphasized that the World Conference provides an opportunity for 1) contributing to the development of measures for the direct participation of indigenous peoples in United Nations meetings; 2) advancing greater and more concerted efforts within the UN system to advance the rights of indigenous peoples; 3) promoting action at the national and local levels to secure the realization of indigenous peoples’ rights; and 4) celebrating indigenous peoples and their contributions worldwide. The meeting convened indigenous experts and representatives from around the world, as well as representatives from the two other United Nations mechanisms focused on indigenous issues: the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

 
Special Rapporteur expresses concern over the dire social and economic conditions of the Attawapiskat First Nation in Canada Print
21 December 2011

canada-attawapiskatIn a public statement issued on 20 December 2011, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples expressed his concern regarding the reportedly dire social and economic conditions of the Attawapiskat First Nation, which seemingly exemplifies the conditions of many aboriginal communities in the country. According to information received, many of this First Nation's approximately 1,800 members live in unheated shacks or trailers, with no running water. This is particularly serious during the winter season where temperatures are as low as -28 Celsius. In a communication sent to the Canadian government, the Special Rapporteur requested information on the government's efforts in responding to the situation at Attawapiskat First Nation as well as in responding to concerns over unequal funding of First Nations communities, as compared to non-Aboriginal towns and cities, and the effects this has on the ability of First Nations to attend to the social and economic needs of their members.

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